FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the President is now looking into the controversial P60-million advertisement contract placed in the program managed by the brothers of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in the state run-People’s Television (PTV 4).
However, the presidential spokesperson refused to divulge who particularly in the president’s office investigates the issue.
But Malacañang assured the probe includes all those involved and the president will take appropriate actions once the investigation is complete
“Many reports have reached the OP, and the president have taken action on these. Don’t be on a rush, let the investigations proceed to determine if reports are correct or not, the president has already a track record on this,” Presidential Spokesperson Roque said.
Previous reports said that aside from Tourism Secretary Teo, the probe also covers Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.
Andanar oversees PTV 4 as Palace communications chief.
“Of course it would be an investigation that would cover everyone. I leave the statement of SAP Bong Go for whatever it is worth, he was the one quoted as having said Secretary Andanar is part of that so I let it be,” Roque added.
Andanar, meanwhile, refused to give comments on this issue while investigations are ongoing.
For now, Malacañang said President Duterte has no directives for Cabinet members involved in the controversy to resign, particularly Secretary Teo.
“Every Cabinet member, unless they’re fired, enjoys the trust and confidence of the president,” the presidential spokesman said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte appoints Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as new Tourism Secretary
Newly appointed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed on Tuesday Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat as new tourism secretary.
Puyat replaces tourism chief Wanda Teo who resigned on Monday over the controversial P60-million tourism ad placement on government-run People’s Television Network.
Puyat is the daughter of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo. — UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte accepts Teo’s resignation
(L-R) Tourism Sec. Wanda Teo greets President Rodrigo Duterte at the 25th Cabinet meeting.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo.
On Monday, Teo personally handed her resignation letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea before the Cabinet meeting started.
According to Teo’s legal counsel, it was delicadeza, not an order from the President, that prompted the embattled secretary to step down from her post amid the controversy.
“This just shows she’s not clinging to her post. She doesn’t want to harm her family and she does not want to harm the president,” said Teo’s lawyer, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio.
Nevertheless, Teo reiterated that she had no hand in the Tourism Department’s placement of P60 million worth of advertisements on her brothers’ television show aired on government station People’s Television Network.
Some lawmakers, on the other hand, said the controversy should not end with Teo’s resignation.
“Dapat kasuhan, mananagot sa batas (Charges should be filed; [she] should face the law,” said Magdalo Party List Representative Gary Alejano. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Wanda Teo resigns as Tourism Secretary
FILE PHOTO: Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo
Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo tendered her resignation from the Department of Tourism (DOT) yesterday before the start of the latest Cabinet meeting in Malacañang Palace.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by her legal counsel, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, amid speculations that Teo had been fired by President Duterte after the meeting.
Topacio clarified that the President had not asked the Tourism Secretary to resign but that her decision to leave was made “after a long and deliberate reflection and soul-searching” following the controversy over the tourism department’s ₱60 million ad placements in her brothers’ television show on state-run Philippine Television Network Inc. (PTV).
The lawyer added that Sec. Teo maintains “she has done no wrongdoing, and that all the dealings of the DOT went through all legal processes, were above-board and done in good faith, and with total absence of malice.” — UNTV News & Rescue